The CCE Agricultural Stewardship Program focuses on the development, education, and implementation of best management practices to minimize the impact of agricultural inputs on surface water and groundwater. The educator will provide general and technical assistance for the CCE Agricultural Stewardship Program and Agriculture Program in applied research trials, demonstration projects, and educational activities.
The educator will be responsible for establishment, maintenance and data collection for several applied research and on-farm demonstration projects. This individual will also work with Extension educators, Cornell University faculty, and USDA – Natural Resources Conservation District and Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District personnel on research, demonstration, and education projects for all agricultural and horticultural crops on Long Island.
Bachelor's Degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position or Associates Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for Bachelor's Degree.
Possession of computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheet and data entry using Excel.
Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
Ability to work physically in outdoor environments all-year round.
Ability to work with people, maintain a positive and professional attitude, display commitment and enthusiasm for CCE's mission.
Ability to prioritize tasks and provide input to others for planning and decision-making.
Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the public.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Valid driver's license.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
Ability to pass Motor Vehicle Screen.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate
B.S. in Horticulture, Plant Science, Soil Science, Environmental Science, or a related science field.
Additional training in or experience with integrated pest management, field sampling, and environmental issues.
Coursework or experience with research methods and basic data analysis.
Experience with tractors and the operation of farm implements.
Experience in Cooperative Extension or similar educational field
Program Delivery – 35%
Assist in providing innovative programs and materials to advance knowledge of and adoption of best management practices for agriculture and horticulture.
Interact effectively with program participants to provide programming and support.
Provide standard responses and assist, as needed, in providing moderately complex responses to questions regarding best management practices in agricultural and environmental settings.
May assist in multi-association team efforts to deliver and meet program goals and objectives.
Foster knowledge and acceptance of agricultural pest and nutrient management practices to protect ground and surface waters, and preserve the viability of Suffolk County's agricultural industry.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation – 5%
Implement end of year program evaluation in cooperation with CCE Research Specialists and Program Supervisor to document impacts of research and on-farm demonstration projects on farmer's adoption of best management practices.
Communicate evaluation results and findings (oral and written) to participating farmers and other stakeholders.
May assist in designing evaluation framework, analyzing collected program evaluation data and in making recommendations for improvements.
Applied Research – 35%
Provide technical assistance for research and on-farm demonstration projects in conjunction with Program Supervisor and CCE's Research Specialists.
Implement nitrogen fertilizer and pest management projects for applied research and on-farm demonstration projects as defined in the program's goals and objectives and with the guidance of the Program Supervisor, CCE's Research Specialists and Cornell University faculty.
Collect data and samples specific to the project and process accordingly.
Direction – 5%
Provide details and input for further planning and delivery of educational and outreach programs that aim to protect water quality in response to farmers' adopting best management practices.
May provide input to the supervisor on the programs project ideas and budget.
Under the guidance of the Supervisor, initiate effective professional relationships with stakeholders, other agencies, organizations and businesses to facilitate continued program efforts.
Based on details of projects delivered, provide input to Supervisor on staffing needs related to projects' workload.
Management – 5%
Problem solve and resolve any complications that might arise in the implementation and delivery of on-farm projects by using appropriate CCE policies and procedures.
May provide supervision to program staff.
As directed, may give guidance to volunteers and staff, including those performing similar work.
Coordination/Operation – 10%
Organize and coordinate activities related to fieldwork or educational programs.
Perform general coordination activities including but not limited, working with other staff and Program Specialists.
Tasks related to general marketing of CCE programs.
Attend and participate in staff and Stewardship Program meetings.
Assist, as needed, with making equipment/supply purchases, and tracking expenditures.
Participate in Program discussions and provide input to support the implementation of mass media efforts related to the Agricultural Stewardship Program.
Professional Improvement and other duties as assigned – 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - applied to all duties and functions
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - applied to all duties and functions
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,
Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Salary Range: $19.00 per Hour
Hours: 40 Hours per week
Benefits: Full Benefits
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